Monthly Archives: August 2010

Inspiration of the Week: Farewell to Summer

Austin in the summertime is hopping with things to do. By the time August rolls around, I am hopeful that it is indoors; that’s for sure. The heat in August baffles me every time! You would think after decades of living in Texas I would get used to it. Not only is August sizzling, but »

Furniture Parts and Terminology

Describing furniture parts can be a mind-boggling and frustrating task if you don’t have the right descriptive terms.  Before I learned how to upholster, my descriptions sounded like, “You know, that dividing edge-thing by the front of the chair at the bottom with the cord-stuff…”  That would be a tack band with welt cord. Here »

Inspiration of the Week: Beat the Heat!

For those of you who live in the Austin area, you are all too familiar with the mid-summer blues that creep up once the triple digits arrive. The Sprucettes are sweating it out for the third annual summer in the back workshop. Even Pixie is doing her best to stay cool with a new haircut »

Nugget of the Week: Popping up in the Neighborhood

Not to brag or anything, but our shop has been called a “beacon of light” in the neighborhood.  Our little shop is nestled among lots of auto shops, a day labor center, a strip club, and a couple sketchy motels where they like to film horror flix.  Don’t get me wrong, we LOVE our neighborhood.  »

Shopping Tip: How to Find a Quality Piece of Furniture

We have often been asked, “How can you tell if something is worth redoing?” So I thought I’d give you a few tips to help you while you’re out looking for your next treasure. Tip #1: Pick it up. The heavier a piece of furniture is, the more likely it’s made of hard woods and »

Fall BYOC Class Dates Set!

Many of you have been calling and emailing asking when our new class dates for the Fall will be set. Well fret no more, we have been able to nail down the dates!  Below are a list of the dates we will be hosting Bring-Your-Own-Chair Classes. I.  BYOC Class, Sept. 25-26 (9-3pm) – Now Open! »

Nugget of the Week: Johnny and Dolly!

Last week we alluded to a new project Amanda was working on during our rainy movie day. Now that the project is well underway, we can let you in on it! Ever since we started making the Willie Pillows, we have tossed around ideas for our future profile pillows. Willie is hard to beat, especially »

Before and After: Amanda’s Back Porch!

The “Before and After” feature is stepping out of the studio and taking a trip to Amanda’s house to see the late summer transformation happening under the eaves.  Amanda, as long as I have known her, has always had nice plants around the house and her husband, Keith, is a master arborist, so you can »

Inspiration of the Week: Country Music

Occasionally, you can walk into the back workshop at Spruce and find us kickin’ up our boots to some classic country. KVET tends to be our station of choice. There’s nothing like an upbeat country song to liven up the day. I don’t know about you, but I was a serious “kicker” in middle school. »